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Mushroom Mini Farm

Key Tips

Be sure to keep your Mini Farm as far away from the heater or air conditioner as possible. The dry air will slow down your Mushroom Farm's growth
 
Don't be afraid of over watering. The more water you give your Mini Farm, the faster and larger it will grow.  

About the Mushroom Mini Farm

  • What type of mushroom does the Mushroom Mini Farm grow?
  • What’s the difference between the Mushroom Mini Farm and the Mushroom Farm?
  • Where can I purchase your mushroom mini farms?
  • What is the Mushroom Mini Farm growing on? Is it eco freindly?
  • What is the white layer covering the mini farm?
  • What do Oyster mushrooms taste like?
  • What are the health benefits of eating oyster mushrooms?
  • Are the mushrooms organic?

The Growing Process

  • I don’t have a green thumb...how easy are the mushrooms to grow?
  • How long can I store the mini farm before I need to start growing it?
  • Where should I grow my farm?
  • My home is always dry and/or I need tips for high altitude.
  • What if I have a pets?
  • I’m traveling for a few days; is it OK if I don’t water the farm?

I’ve Grown One Crop - Now What?

  • When should I harvest the mushrooms?
  • How long do the harvested mushrooms last for?
  • How do I store the harvested mushrooms?
  • What should I do with my mushrooms after I finish growing them?
  • What if my mushrooms dry out?
  • Can I grow a 2nd crop?
  • What happens if my farm doesn’t grow?

About the Mushroom Mini Farm

What type of mushroom does the Mushroom Mini Farm grow?

Our mushroom mini farm grows gourmet Pearl Oyster mushrooms. They're commonly found in Europe and Asia and are used increasingly in a variety of cuisines for their velvety texture, smooth taste, and dense nutrient content.

What’s the difference between the Mushroom Mini Farm and the Mushroom Farm?

The Mushroom Mini Farm makes a great gift for under $15 and is perfect for the novice mushroom farmer.

Where can I purchase your mushroom mini farms?

The Mushroom Mini Farm is exclusively sold at Whole Foods, Home Depot, and Fresh Market locations nationwide.

What is the Mushroom Mini Farm growing on? Is it eco-friendly?

The Mushroom Mini Farm is made from all organic recycled waste including corn cob and saw dust.

What is the white layer covering the mini farm?

The white layer is mycelium! It’s similar to the “roots” of the mushrooms (if mushrooms had roots).

What do Oyster mushrooms taste like?

Oyster mushrooms have a mild flavor that is very versatile when it comes to the food they complement. They have a delicate, velvety texture that pairs well in pastas, skewers, soups, salads, and anything else you like to put mushrooms in! They taste amazing, especially when they're so fresh, and can be eaten raw or cooked. Chef Alice Waters of acclaimed Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse has raved about their authentic, nutty, flavor. See what she has to say!

What are the health benefits of eating oyster mushrooms?

Oyster mushrooms are extremely healthy and rich, given that one-third of their dry weight is protein. They contain amino acids and enzymes that have been shown to boost the immune system and are rich in vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and most of the mineral salts required by the human body. Calcium, phosphorous and iron content in oyster mushrooms are double the amount found in most meats. They are also known to lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, and may even inhibit tumor growth.

Are the mushrooms organic?

Yes! Back To The Roots mushroom farms are now USDA certified organic.


The Growing Process

I don’t have a green thumb...how easy are the mushrooms to grow?

As easy as 1) opening 2) watering and 3) harvesting... in just 10-15 days! It's so easy and our main supporters are kids that are growing their own food!

How long can I store the mini farm before I need to start growing it?

The Mini Farm will stay fresh in the box for months before you start growing your mushrooms. Make sure you keep your farm in a cool area/room that doesn't receive any direct sunlight (i.e., closet, bedroom). Once opened the fresh air, moisture, and light get it to start working!

Where should I grow my farm?

All you need is a window sill, perfect for you urban dwellers out there! Ideally, you want to grow your mushrooms indoors with indirect sunlight and a bit of fresh air. Indirect sunlight will help the mushroom caps develop to their full potential. Once you see the tiny pinheads pop out, they'll double in size each day!

My home is always dry and/or I need tips for high altitude.  

Try growing your farm using a humidity tent. Take a plastic bag or newspaper and cover the kit. Spray/drizzle water directly on to the mushroom kit everyday. The humidity tent helps trap in the moisture and you will notice a little moisture present on the surface of the mycelium.
 
Remember, mushrooms need oxygen so it's important to remove the additional plastic bag / newspaper as soon as you notice mushrooms growing. Then water the Mushroom Farm as instructed on our box. The more water you give your mushrooms the bigger and faster they grow so don't ever be afraid of over-watering!

 

What if I have pets?

None of our customers have reported that their pets have tried to eat the mushrooms as they grew. So if you're worried for you four legged friend, they'll be fine.

I’m traveling for a few days; is it OK if I don’t water the farm?

We recommend that you continue to water daily. Still, if you can’t find a mushroom farm babysitter, just re-soak your mushroom farm over night when you return for an extra boost!

When should I harvest the mushrooms?

As soon as you notice that your mushrooms aren’t doubling in size each day, you can pick off the entire crop. A brown ring around the edge of the mushroom cap is a telltale sign that your mushrooms are ready to harvest!

How long do the harvested mushrooms last for?

Since you've grown them yourself, you can store them for up to 2 weeks. In fact, gourmet mushrooms are rarely found in grocery stores because they’re extremely delicate and have a short shelf-life. Best to grow your mushrooms at home!

How do I store the harvested mushrooms?

Just store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It’s a myth that you should put mushrooms in a paper bag to absorb moisture -- that actually reduces their quality and taste.

What should I do with my mushrooms after I finish growing them?

Eat them of course!:) We have some delicious mushroom recipes created by chefs and wonderful bloggers a like! Feel free to share your recipes with us as well!

What if my mushrooms dry out?

Cooking with dried mushrooms is extremely popular! Just soak them in warm water or your favorite broth before sauteing!

Can I grow a 2nd crop?

Yes! Here are some tips for a Bonus Crop: 

1. Be patient: Each subsequent crop will take several weeks to begin growing.
2. Mind temperature: After the first harvest, your Mushroom Farm is more sensitive to temperature. Try to keep the kit in an area around 70 degrees if possible.
3. Water, water, water!: Re-soak your Mini Farm and don't let it dry out. You can even grow your farm using a humidity tent. Take a plastic bag or wet newspaper and cover the kit. Spray/drizzle water directly on to the mushroom kit everyday. The humidity tent helps trap in the moisture and you will notice a little moisture present on the surface of the mycelium.
 
Remember, mushrooms need oxygen so it's important to remove the additional plastic bag / newspaper as soon as you notice mushrooms growing. Then water the Mushroom Farm as instructed on our box. The more water you give your mushrooms the bigger and faster they grow so don't ever be afraid of over-watering!

 

What happens if my mini farm doesn’t grow?

We absolutely guarantee our product, so if your farm isn't growing for any reason, please reach out to us: contact@backtotheroots.com and we'll send you a new farm- we have a 24hr response policy on every single email we receive and make customer service our utmost priority.